counting down

Since the children were tiny, I’ve always made our own advent calendars. The format changes over the years but the basics have always been the same – bible verse, activity, little treatie. I mix up the activities each year, and what lollies or chocolates end up in the calendar, but the end result is the same. Something to read & […]

oh what fun it is to craft

“Do you think he’s compensating for something?” Shrek asks Donkey as they see Lord Farquaad’s castle for the first time. As I survey the list I made yesterday and clipped to my inspo board in my craft room, I felt the need to ask the same of myself. And the answer is – absolutely I am compensating for something. Advent […]

maybe she’s born with it…

…maybe its hyperfixation and an obsession with starting all the projects. It can be very easy to cast a glance at a post, after fifteen years of crafting in this space, and think “oh that’s clever, I could never do that”. The truth is, I’m not talented, I’m not clever, I’ve just spent a whole lot of time practising and […]

blogtober day 29 // Sunday snippets

I’ll craft more in the house, I would tell myself, when I have space and my supplies and it will be easier. And yet, here we are, four weeks in, and I have done very little. This week especially, has been more time in the car than in the craft room – a trip to Newcastle & back, and then […]

blogtober day 25 // workspace Wednesday

After a restless night, I gave up on sleep at 5am, and by 5.15 we were packed, room key dropped in the return box, and on the road for home. 5.20am saw me in the Zaraffas drive-thru, blearily ordering a hot chocolate for the teen, and a latte for me. “Would you like a double shot in that?” Heck to […]

blogtober day 22 // Sunday snippets

Watching the sun warm the valley below us, we slowly sipped our coffees. The house was quiet – all four children slumbering behind doors I’d gently closed as the mister had boiled the kettle and prepped the coffee. The only non-peaceful resident, the cat, stretched out in front of us and rolled onto her back in what I guess she […]

blogtober day 21 // use the good stuff

I’ve always struggled with using my favourite supplies. What if I use all of that fabric, but it goes out of stock and I can never use it again? What if I use that patterned paper but there’s a photo down the line that would better suit it? What if I start writing in that notebook but my story/doodles/planning/whatever sucks […]

…on crafting – hobby, sanity, identity…

The past week on Threads, there was a QT trend going around. “Say I love you without saying those words”. Mine, clearly, would be to make something. It’s my go-to love language to express how much someone means to me. I craft to make things for people I love. I craft to keep my hands busy in down times. I […]

blogtober day 15 // Sunday snippets

At the beginning of *waves hands* all the everything, there was a lot of talk about The New Normal. it was really early on that we realised our 2019 selves were irrevocably changed, and whatever was to come, it would mark us forever. Other events in life create smaller, more personal, resets and recalibrations. Moving is one such event, and […]